Via dei Cappellari, 93 (Campo de’ Fiori)
Mon-Sun from 11pm-5am
Sip your way back in time at Campo de’ Fiori’s underground cocktail bar. What used to be an old theatre has transformed itself into one of Rome’s coolest speakeasy bars and cultural associations. Argot gives off warm, friendly vibes steeped in sleek, vintage nostalgia. Those who wish to frequent Argot pay a €10 member’s fee to become an associate, or as the boys put it: their guest. Because that is what Argot is about: feeling relaxed and at home. With unique and enticing cocktails, live music every weekends, events and a quirky, intimate ambience – Argot is the perfect place to step back in time.
Via del Pellegrino, 87
Open Mon-Sat, 9am-2am
Barnum Café is a relaxing and convivial environment from morning to night. Its interior is furnished with comfortable chairs and sofas, providing a space to linger over one’s coffee and perhaps a book or a laptop as well. Barnum offers homemade baked goods in the morning, and a healthy lunch menu and cocktails at night. Try their bruschette, piled high with fresh vegetables and cheeses.
Via Monserrato, 46
Open Mon-Sat, 6.30am-2am; Sun 9am-9pm
Caffé Perù is a classic hangout for the locals around Campo de’ Fiori. The bar also attracts a young, hip and international crowd. Here you can find hearty Roman dishes at lunch and dinner and a welcoming buffet at aperitivo hour to be had alongside a rosy Campari and soda.
Coda di Gallo
Via del Pellegrino, 13
Open daily, 10pm-5am
This club hidden just behind Campo de’ Fiori requires guests to ring a doorbell upon entry. Top-of-the-line barmen spice delicious cocktails with bitters and herbs. Guests can sip a heavily gingered Moscow Mule while listening to live music, usually somewhere along the lines of blues, jazz or funk.
Via dei Banchi Vecchi, 14
Open Mon 6.30pm-12midnight; Tues-Sat, 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-12midnight
Il Goccetto is a little enoteca with a fabulous wine list. As you walk in, note the beautiful old storefront sign reading “Vino Olio” in large lettering. This is a fitting place for a pause after a stroll through the back streets between Campo and the Tevere. Their kitchen serves decadent cheese plates to accompany their many vini.
Achilli al Dom
Via Giulia, 131 (Hotel D.O.M.)
Open daily 7pm-2am
Achilli al Dom (ex The Deer Club) occupies two rooms on either side of the D.O.M. hotel lobby. Inside one room, you can find a very classy liquor bar from which a martini or a whiskey might be a fitting order to then carry into the lounge, lined with silk velvet sofas and overhanging crystal chandeliers.
Via degli Specchi, 6
Open daily, 12pm-1am
This spot is the place to go if you’re tired of the endless flow of wine and craving something a little hoppier. With an extensive list of craft beers, Open Baladin has brought pub flavors into the Roman cafè scene. These aren’t limited to their drink menu; they serve creative variations on the classic American burger as well.
Via del Monte della Farina, 38
Open daily, 10am-3pm / 6-11pm
A sweet and authentic surprise amidst all the tourist traffic in the centre of Rome. The tiny space is usually occupied by locals, making it feel as if it were in a quiet pocket of town – it is actually quite easy to miss as it looks like a little alimentari from the outside. Perhaps this is how locals have kept it to themselves for this long.